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LLOYD'S REGISTER OF SHIPPING                 89

to motor, Lloyd's Register has served as a clearing house
of experience in the formulation of new rules and has
through the past century grown from a London Register,
first to a National Register, and afterwards to an Inter-
national Register.

It cannot be too clearly emphasized, however, that
Lloyd's Register of Shipping and the Corporation of Lloyd's
are quite distinct bodies, and the Surveyors to Lloyd's
Register should not be confused with "Lloyd's Agents/1
who are the representatives of the Corporation of Lloyd's.

The Society's Register Book now contains the name and
particulars of over 33,000 vessels, and the following is a
description of its present contents, which are in constant
reference by underwriters as to the vessels they may be
called upon to cover, and by shipowners and shippers in
verifying particulars of ships offered for sale, charter or use.

Many of the Register Books are collected and kept up
to date by weekly postings of alterations and additions,
and it is interesting to note that this practice is peculiar to
Lloyd's Register Book and has been maintained without in-
terruption since 1775.

In 1955 the layout and content of the Register Book were
completely rearranged and the greater part re-set in modern
type. Two-colour printing (black and red) was discon-
tinued and survey records of all classed ships were shown
only in cumulative monthly Supplements, which also gave
particulars, as previousry, of alterations in name, ownership,
flag, tonnage, etc., for all ships, whether classed with the
Society or not.

In its revised form the Register Book consists of Volume I
(Register of Ships) which—in addition to the names of the
members of the various committees and sub-committees of
the Society, a list of its offices and surveyors throughout
the world, and a key to the abbreviations used in the book—
contains full particulars concerning ships classed with
Lloyd's Register and the British Corporation Register; also
particulars of all known seagoing merchant ships in the
world, and of all iron and steel ships trading on the North